Friday, 21 December 2012

It's a Giveaway......

My very talented friend Lou Collins is offering a huge Giveaway on her blog......pop over and have a'll be glad you did :)

While I'm here, I can show the Christmas layout I completed at the Papermaze December crop. Vanessa always puts together a "Challenge Kit" for us to do with as we example LO to follow. Everyone who had a kit put their names in a hat for a prize...sadly it wasn't me. 
Ah well there's always next year :)

My layout features my girls from 2000, back in the days when we had photos taken to put in Christmas cards for friends and family who didn't see them regularly....Before the "facebook" days of course.
The only addition to the kit was the American craft thickers.

........and a photo from this year..... !

Thanks for stopping by

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a bright and happy New Year xx

Karen x

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Papermaze Christmas Blog Hop......

Welcome to my blog and the Papermaze Christmas blog hop........
You may have arrived here from Carol , but if you didn't, the complete list of blogs taking part is shown at the bottom so you won't miss any! don't forget to leave a comment here as well as all the other blogs for a chance to win a December Scrapbook kit from Papermaze.
 You have from 1st- 8th December to leave your comments.
This is the great value December Kit priced at only £10 . Details of the contents can be seen here .

For my Christmas themed projects I decided to stick to the  traditional red and green colour scheme and picked out these papers from the Christmas Eve Chowder   range by Jillibean Soup. I added some red gingham ribbon, decorative pins, red dew drops, red mini brads, green crystal stickers and Black Bazzil card stock.

My 8.5 x 11 layout is called "Waiting for Christmas", It shows my daughter and her cousin at an amazing shop at Snape Maltings in suffolk, which we visited in October half term. To say it was fully loaded with everything anyone would ever need or want at Christmas time, is an under statement ! We were there browsing for ages, and the 2 girls really felt like Christmas was just around the corner :)

With the double sided patterned papers that were left over, I made  a simple Star Garland.

All you need is a punch or star template, and a sewing machine.

 punch out the stars in groups of 3
 Feed each stack of 3 into the sewing machine, leaving a small gap between each set
 open out the layers along the stitching line, to make a 3D star
 hang up.....
and admire your efforts !

You can of course use any shaped image you like, and mix and match them along the garland. I haven't embellished my stars at all, but you could add glitter, inks, bling, ribbon or anything you fancy and really go to town to coordinate with your Christmas decorations.

I hope you are enjoying the Hop....please visit Lisa next for some more Christmas  inspiration.
Thank you so much for visiting.
Karen x
Here is the full list as promised,